Area States Get Varying Federal Returns

Gov. Jim Doyle at U.S. House committee

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle appeared before the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, asking that his state get its share of money from a federal economic recovery package.

Minnesota House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Majority Leader Tony Sertich met privately with the state’s congressional delegation in Washington and again in St. Paul with the same goal.

Wisconsin and Minnesota economies are hurting, so their leaders feel a need to pressure Congress to return their citizens more federal money than they receive now.

To the west, in North Dakota, the story is different. Policymakers there are concerned that the economy will affect them – although they now are considering sending rebates to residents – and want to get a fair shake from the economic package awaiting Senate action.

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